Ex-Terp Armstrong voted into U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame


Ex-Terp Armstrong voted into U.S. Hall

Former Maryland defender-midfielder Desmond Armstrong was voted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in veterans balloting announced Wednesday. He'll join former U.S. men's national team captain Claudio Reyna, three-time FIFA World Cup veteran goalkeeper Tony Meola and builder inductee Tony DiCicco in the Class of 2012. Armstrong 47, earned 81 international caps and 73 starts during his eight years with the U.S. men from 1987 to 1994, logging 6,528 minutes. Armstrong earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors in 1984 and ACC second-team accolades in 1983 and 1985. He had 24 goals and 18assists in 78 games with the Terps. The Washington native spent 1988-89 with the Blast and 1991 with the Maryland Bays. In 1991, Armstrong became the first American to sign professionally in Brazil when he played for Santos FC, the former club of soccer legend Pele.


Terps center DeVaughn on ACC All-Defensive team

Maryland women's basketball sophomore Alicia DeVaughn was voted to the Atlantic Coast Conference's All-Defensive Team by the conference's head coaches. DeVaughn, a center, is the second Terp to earn ACC All-Defensive honors; Renneika Razor was the first, receiving the honor in 2002 and 2003. DeVaughn is averaging 6.0 rebounds and leads the Terps with 37 blocked shots. Sixth-ranked Maryland (25-4, 11-4 ACC) will open play in the conference tournament Friday at 8p.m. as the No. 3 seed; the Terps will play the winner of tonight's game between sixth-seeded Virginia and 11th-seeded Boston College.

Men's lacrosse: Erik Krum scored five goals and host Salisbury (4-0) defeated McDaniel (1-2), 22-1. The Sea Gulls won 24 of 25 faceoffs, outshot the Green Terror 53-18 and converted 13 of 15 clear attempts. ... Martin Manilla scored four goals, including three in a row in the third quarter, as host Gettysburg (2-0) won, 8-5, over Goucher (3-1). Rory Averett had a hat trick for the Gophers.

Women's lacrosse: Lauriann Parker scored the game-winner with 49 seconds left to lift visiting St. Mary's (1-2) to an 8-7 victory over Virginia Wesleyan (1-1). St. Mary's trailed in the first half before scoring four straight to take the lead in the second half. ... Host Hood (2-2) built a four-goal halftime lead and won, 12-10, against Albright (1-1). Caitlin Lawrence (Catholic) led the Blazers with five goals. ... Visiting Messiah (1-0) built a six-goal halftime lead and traded goals in the second half to win, 16-10, against McDaniel (0-2). Danielle Entrot had three goals for the Green Terror. ... Rowan (0-0) at Goucher (0-2) was postponed because of inclement weather.

Towson: The Sports Boosters of Maryland will sponsor "A Salute to Towson University Athletics" on March 12 at 6 p.m. at Pappas Restaurant at 1725 Taylor Ave. in Parkville. Athletic director Mike Waddell and football coach Rob Ambrose will be the featured speakers. The Sports Boosters of Maryland is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to supporting children's sports programs. For information, go to sportsboosters.com.

Women's tennis: UMBC graduate student Shalini Sahoo was named America East Conference Player of the Week.

Men's indoor track and field: Penn State's Robby Creese (Glenelg) was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He anchored the winning distance-medley relay at the conference championship meet over the weekend and finished third in the mile. ... Salisbury's Richard Newman was named CAC Rookie of the Year.

Women's indoor track and field: Salisbury junior Chelsea Tavik (Seton Keough), who won the shot put and weight throw at the Capital Athletic Conference championships, was named the CAC Athlete of the Year. Hood's Alexandra Dystant (Arundel) was named CAC Rookie of the Year. Sea Gulls coach Jim Jones was named the women's Indoor Coach of the Year.

Baseball: Gettysburg named junior left-handed pitcher Ryan Taylor (Loyola) a co-captain.

Et cetera

Smith, Sherry to speak at Camden Yards program

Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards will host a program titled "Camden Yards: Design & Maintenance — A History in Excellence" with Orioles vice president of planning and development Janet Marie Smith and head groundskeeper Nicole Sherry on March 24 at 2 p.m. There will be a question-and-answer session. The program, which will included a question-and-answer session, is free with the price of admission to Sports Legends Museum. For more information, contact Mary Hennemann at 410-727-1539, ext. 3013, or MaryH@BabeRuthMuseum.com.

Golf: Bethesda native and Pikesville resident Bernard "Bernie" Najar, who is director of instruction at Woodholme Country Club in Baltimore, won the Horton Smith Award from the Middle Atlantic PGA. The honor recognizes his work to promote and improve the PGA's educational programs throughout its 41 sections. Other winners of MAPGA awards who will be honored Saturday at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va., are Erika Larkin, Gainesville, Va., PGA, Teacher of the Year; Michael Thomas, Germantown, Assistant Professional of the Year; William "Buddy" Sass, Newark, President's Award; and Kevin Taylor, Beallsville, Bill Strausbaugh Award.

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers of the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League signed Branden McDonald (Eleanor Roosevelt/Virginia Union), Gerald Stansbury (Broadneck/Marymount) and two Annapolis Area Christian School graduates: Patrick Lipinski (Trinity International) and Christian Parker (Methodist).

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